Monday, 9 December 2013

Maca & Mesquite fudge with goji & cranberries

Gifts of food can be so special at this time of year especially when it is something as sweet and pretty as this Maca & Mesquite fudge. When everyone is ALWAYS so busy at the best of times, this time of year can get cranked up a knotch and quite easily turn into madness! Not everyone gets time to create sweet treats such as
this so why not gift our friends or family with such goodness and healthy sweetness?

This is such a lovely Xmas treat for you and your family. It’s simple for you to make (we love that) and you can wrap it up by sitting the slab of sticky gooiness on a piece of card board (with a little baking paper underneath) and gather up  clear cellophane around it & tie some nice raffia or re-usable ribbon around it and voila! Present complete! 

Makes = 28x little squares
using a 26cm long by 16 cm wide – 1 ½ inch high tray

1 cup cacao butter
3/4 cup coconut butter* (not coconut oil)
1/2-3/4 cup light agave
1/2 cup macadamia nuts (or cashews)
1 tsp vanilla bean powder
2-3 tbs maca powder
1 tbs mequite powder (or more as you get used to the flavour!) 
3 tbs lucuma powder
*A few pistachio, goji, cranberries & sesame seeds to garnish with
Process macadamia nuts until it forms a paste (or as smooth as you can get it).

Add remaining ingredients except cacao butter and blend until smooth.
Then add cacao butter and blend until it has emulsified and forms a smooth like fudge like texture.

Scape the sticky fudge into a lined shallow baking dish (26cm long by 16 cm wide – 1 ½ inch high) and smooth over with a good spatula or palette knife.

Sprinkle with chosen garnish treat and gently push them into the fudge.

Chill over night and cut with a sharp knife. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve as it melts quickly in the Aussie summer heat.

To make coconut butter

2 cups make approximately ¾ cup of coconut butter.

Blend desiccated coconut into a butter in a food processor or a high-speed blender. This takes about 10 minutes in a domestic food processor or 6 minutes in a good high speed blender. You will need to stop several times and scrap it down. Just get it as smooth as you can before add to this or other wonderful rawsome recipes!

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